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Its been almost four years since Dallas and Pittsburgh last went toe-to-toe and in that game, Dallas eventually won, 27-24.While many of the main characters in that 2012 drama remain, these two bluebloods have traveled a far different path to where they are today.Forget that the Cowboys and Steelers have made 16 Super Bowl appearances and won 11 Vince Lombardi Trophies between them. The two franchises are among the most winning, the most proud and most popular, and nothing short of winning is tolerated or expected.And winning is what the 7-1 Cowboys have been doing this year since dropping their season opener to the New York Giants.And while their record might not be a good indication, the 4-4 Steelers arent far off the Cowboys heels, even though they have dropped three straight.So when Pittsburgh and Dallas collide, bragging rights -- at a minimum -- are at stake, and on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. in Pittsburgh its no different.The Cowboys have been the brightest surprise in the NFL this season having reeled off seven straight wins, including last weeks shellacking of the Cleveland Browns. But despite having two of the leagues most prolific weapons in rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys are 3-point underdogs to the Steelers.Elliott leads the NFL in rushing and is on pace to break Eric Dickersons rookie mark of 1,808 yards.Prescott has filled in for Tony Romo, who suffered a compression fracture almost three months ago, before the season started. Prescott has been stellar: 2,020 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, two interceptions.But this week, Romo finally returned to practice and owner/general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett said his workload would be ramped up as the team is encouraged by the 36-year-olds progress.We just have to see where he is, Garrett told reporters. Tonys practiced four days over the last couple of weeks and has been involved in part of practices on each of those days. Well do something similar with him today. Hell start in individuals and see how he does. Hell be working some scout-team reps like he did last week.Well just take the situation day-by-day. We have a number of guys who are injured on the team, and thats what we do. We see how they do in individual and maybe they roll and get more into practice. We do anticipate Tony getting some good, positive work today. We will evaluate his situation day-by-day.Romo might be active Sunday, although there were reports Friday he wont be, but Prescott will be the starter. Romo was listed as questionable on the injury report.I know how bad he wants to compete, Jones said. Any time hes limited because of injury, I hate that. Its always has been the biggest downer for a competitor.On the other hand, for Tony, there isnt anything more important than being on a team that is capable of winning and competing for the big prize.On the Steelers side of the ball, there arent any questions about who the quarterback is. When healthy, Ben Roethlisberger is going to be slinging the ball across the field. Even when he isnt 100 percent, Roethlisberger is Pittsburghs man.He returned last week after knee surgery on Oct. 17 and was rusty at the beginning of a 21-14 loss to Baltimore. Roethlisberger overcame a slow start and completed 23 of 45 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown and interception.His teammates didnt help as they committed 13 penalties. Head coach Mike Tomlin promised to fix the penalty problem before the Cowboys come to town.We havent been good at that in the last several weeks, and probably more disturbing than the fact that we are being penalized is some of them are procedural things, pre-play things. In-play things sometimes happen, a facemask penalty in an effort to make a play. False starts, offside, delay of game, covering up eligible receivers. Those things are very much in our control and we have to eliminate.Roethlisberger also admitted the need to be better.I put it on myself. I need to be more accurate. Give them credit -- there were times I was going to make throws and their guys jumped in front of things. ... I just need to be better.The Steelers offense is averaging 32.6 points per game in the three home games Roethlisberger has started this season. In those games, he has thrown 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions.Its always a little easier to play at home, Roethlisberger said. But thats the first half of the season. Im not thinking about the good or bad with anything in the first half of the season.Were strictly moving forward. We need to be the best football team we can be at home and on the road.On Sunday, he faces a tough task against a Dallas defense that flies under the radar.Rod Marinellis defense is the only one that hasnt allowed a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver this year. It now ranks among the top 10 in total defense, yielding 332.9 yards per game. Dallas also is one of two defenses in the NFL that have allowed no more than 23 points in any game.And theyre doing this without safety Barry Church and cornerback Morris Claiborne who remain sidelined.The Pittsburgh offense will provide a stiff test. Roethlisberger has another week under his belt to strengthen his knee and more practice time with All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.Brown had a game-high seven receptions for 85 yards and a 23-yard touchdown against Baltimore. But for the Steelers offense to be clicking, Roethlisberger needs to find another receiver to take the double-team pressure off Brown.Roethlisberger might have found his man on Sunday. Eli Rogers registered six receptions for 103 yards.Running back LeVeon Bell will try to match the Cowboys Elliott stride for stride on Sunday. With 70 yards against the Ravens, Bell surpassed Willie Parker for the second most yards from scrimmage by a Steeler in his first four years.Bell is hoping that Maurkice Pouncey will be ready to go on Sunday and that appears to be the case. The three-time Pro Bowl center dislocated his thumb on the second play from scrimmage on Sunday and had surgery before pronouncing himself ready to play on Thursday.Im playing 100 percent, never any doubt, Pouncey told reporters. People are making a bigger deal than what it is. Lets just go play, man, we got a football game.The Steelers also received good news on the injury front when outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who had surgery before the season to repair a sports hernia, practiced Wednesday for the first time since training camp.Its going to be a process, Dupree said after practice. Im excited to be back on the field.Running back DeAngelo Williams underwent knee surgery earlier this week, turning the backup chores over to Fitzgerald Toussaint. 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Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. Lancashire 276 and 304 for 7 (Hameed 122, Smith 71) drew with Nottinghamshire 476 (Patel 67, Wessels 62, Libby 54)Scorecard Lancashires resilience secured them a draw that is enough to take them back level on points with Warwickshire and ahead by virtue of having won one match more, although now behind Middlesex following their win at Scarborough. Nonetheless, at the halfway stage of the season, it is a position with which they are understandably delighted.They were helped by a docile pitch that was of little real help to any of the bowlers, to the frustration of the legspinner Imran Tahir, to whom Nottinghamshire were looking in particular to lift them out of the doldrums. They are without a win since the opening match of the season.Nonetheless, for all that conditions were not as testing as they might have been, Lancashire still had to pass a test of patience and concentration to come through. Five down at tea and only 51 in front, they lost their sixth wicket soon afterwards as Tahir winkled out Karl Brown for his only success but Steven Croft and Jordan Clark used up another 20 overs before Nottinghamshire made another breakthrough. Lancashire had a lead of 108 and 11 overs remained when handshakes were offered.Crofts 141-ball 34 was a gutsy, captains effort, although it was the opening partnership between Tom Smith and Haseeb Hameed that was the key factor in saving the game. Nottinghamshire needed to part them early but it was almost an hour before Harry Gurney found some extra bounce to have Smith caught at first slip off the shoulder of the bat and there were no further losses before lunch.By then there had been confirmation that their young opener, Hameed, has the attributes required for such circumstances in abundance as he completed a second hundred in three matches.The 19-year-old from Bolton, who delivered an innings of similar match-saving qualities against Surrey in only his third appearance last season, continued until he had batted for almost six and a half hours for a career-best 122, his dismissal coming not until mid-afternoon, more than 24 hours after the innings began on Tuesday.Until that point he had made barely a mistake, certainly nothing that would offer much encouragement to the opposition. But then, faced with a change of bowler and possibly beginning to tire, he was drawn to play a good ball outside off stump and was caught behind.It was his second century in three matches, with an 89 in between. Only Alviro Petersen has made more Championship runs for Lancashire. Mick Newell, momentarily swapping his duties as Nottinghamshire spokesman for his England selectors cap, described him as a pllayer born to open the batting in Test cricket.ddddddddddddHe is a throwback, Newell said. An old fashioned type of cricketer who looks like he was made for Test cricket.Hes gone out to bat 200 runs behind against bowlers of the quality of Stuart Broad and Imran Tahir and played exceptionally well. I thought he was absolutely terrific. I just hope that Test cricket lasts long enough for him to play!The young right-hander admitted that taking on two such accomplished international bowlers was as tough a test as he has faced, revealing as he was asked questions that as well as batting with a maturity beyond his years he is as thoughtful and eloquent in his self-assessment, too, as someone much older.It was a real challenge today against international players but to have that challenge motivates you and gives you that hunger to score runs because they mean more if it is against better opposition, he said.You could see how good they are in the spells they bowled. Broad came back with the new ball and got two quick wickets and we have seen in the past that once he gets a couple of wickets he can go through a side.His patience and ability to concentrate for long periods come naturally, he says. It is not something Ive worked towards, it is the way I have always played, he said.Taking the new ball at lunch, when Lancashire had eradicated their first innings deficit but only just, Nottinghamshires hopes were raised when Broad dismissed Luke Procter and Alviro Petersen in the space of four balls to leave Lancashire effectively 15-3 and when Brett Hutton followed up his dismissal of Hameed by having Liam Livingstone caught at mid-on they were five down and just 35 ahead.Time was always against Nottinghamshire achieving a win, even after a stunning catch by Brendan Taylor at short leg helped Tahir remove Brown just after tea.Yet Newell, switching to his Nottinghamshire director of cricket perspective, saw encouraging signs.There have been parallels with last season in that we have reached the halfway stage looking back at games in which we havent batted well enough and not been able to fight back when we have been under the pump, he said.But I cant fault us for effort and commitment and the skill we have shown over these four days. 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